G.I.'s and Syrians in Tense Clashes on Iraqi Border

(New York Times) James Risen and David E. Sanger - A series of clashes in the last year between American and Syrian troops, including a prolonged firefight this summer that killed several Syrians, has raised the prospect that cross-border military operations may become a dangerous new front in the Iraq war. Some officials say the U.S. military is considering special operations inside Syria for intelligence gathering. Increasingly, officials say, Syria is to the Iraq war what Cambodia was in the Vietnam War: a sanctuary for fighters, money, and supplies to flow over the border and, ultimately, a place for a shadow struggle.

2005-10-17 00:00:00

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